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By Diane Ripstein

Diane In Action: Stories From The Stage

by Diane Ripstein • September 14, 2022

It’s The Same Story Just like clockwork, the calendar page turns, our New England air gets sharper (“a slice of cool” a friend calls it) and September arrives. Bingo! We’re baaaack. And whatever summer looked like or felt like to you, it’s now officially over. So sorry. And Yet It’s Different Because this year is [Read More…]

Setting The Stage

by Diane Ripstein • August 10, 2022

This Photo Was My View a few weeks ago, sitting in the front row at the outdoor stage of Jacob’s Pillow, in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, waiting for the evening’s performance to begin. I knew the brilliant featured dancer (Taylor Stanley of the New York City Ballet), but I had no idea what new pieces [Read More…]

What’s Your Joy?

by Diane Ripstein • July 13, 2022

Photo Credit: Betty Stone Photography It’s Been Three Long Years since I last attended my beloved Beantown, a week-long swing dance camp focused on Lindy Hop. Sweaty, high-energy, up-close and personal couples dancing sure hasn’t been on my agenda during COVID. Is It Worth It? I did a little risk/reward analysis when Beantown announced they would [Read More…]

Speak Less; Listen More

by Diane Ripstein • June 8, 2022

These Words Are Being Typed ten days after the devastating attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas left 19 children (nine to eleven-years old) and their two heroic teachers dead. Slaughtered. There have been more than 230 mass shootings in this country so far this year. I Am Haunted by reports of multiple calls [Read More…]

Learning From the Greats

by Diane Ripstein • April 13, 2022

Last Month One of the Greats passed away. Ned Johnson, Chairman Emeritus of Fidelity Investments, who built the company into a global financial services powerhouse over four decades, died at the age of 91. Hearing the sad news sent me down memory lane. The Year Was 1996 Yikes, that’s 26 years ago! I was hired [Read More…]

Comes In Like A Lion!

by Diane Ripstein • March 17, 2022

March is One of Those Months kind of betwixt and between. Here in New England, winter has basically lost its grip, but spring is playing hard-to-get. I remember this proverb from childhood: March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb. A little Googling turns up the year 1732 as the earliest reference [Read More…]

Get To The Heart Of It!

by Diane Ripstein • February 17, 2022

Heart Comes First When you’re planning a presentation, it’s helpful to ask yourself: What’s the heart of the matter here? What am I really trying to say? Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But it’s the hardest, darn thing to actually do. Forget the Preamble Preamble is everything we say before we start to say what we [Read More…]

Backwards and Forwards!

by Diane Ripstein • January 19, 2022

The Roman God Janus bequeathed us the name of January, for the first month of the year. This was no coincidence. Janus was conveniently a two-headed god, with one face looking back and one looking forward. So all kinds of transitions were under his/her purview. Beginnings and endings. Entrances and exits. I’m a January Baby [Read More…]

Congratulations, You Made It!

by Diane Ripstein • December 15, 2021

Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand, Precious Lord Lead me home. Thomas A. Dorsey, “Father of Gospel Music,” 1932 OMG, what a year it’s been! How wiped out are you? [Read More…]

Thank You, Thanksgiving!

by Diane Ripstein • November 18, 2021

Growing Up In Montreal Thanksgiving wasn’t much of a “thing” in our family. It always seemed like the Canadian version was a knockoff of the American-style, Norman Rockwell, Hallmark original. Americans had big, noisy gatherings with extended families and groaning boards of overflowing food. We had a quiet family dinner and acknowledged the harvest. OK, [Read More…]